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The Rice Mother details the stuggles of a Matriarch determined to advance her children, and the scars her ambition leaves on the family.
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   The story begins with the Matriarch, Lakshmi. Lakshmi's mother arranges a marriage with what she believes to be a wealthy man. Lakshmi, a child bride, is soon ripped away from mother and home to live with an older man she neither knows nor loves. Far from home she soon discovers her husband is not remoteley wealthy, he is very much in debt and denial. She finds satisfaction in making the most of what she does have, and in the children that begin to come.
   By the age of nineteen Lakshmi is a mother of five. Very proud of her children yet very demanding her family is torn by feelings of awe bordering on reverance for their imposing mother, yet hate for her tenaciousness in planning their futures for them. World War Two begins, the Japenese invade, and childhood is ripped away forever.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Indian from India Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk!    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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